Makar Sankranti 2021: Here's why we eat Khichdi and Til Gur Today (PC: Social Media)
New Delhi: The festival of Makar Sankranti is being celebrated on 14 January in this year. On this day people prepare sesame seeds (Til) and special khichdi. At the same time, kites are also flown on this festival in many parts of the country.
Auspicious day of Makar Sankranti:
However, this time due to the corona virus epidemic, the festival will not be as slow as every year. Makar Sankranti is depicted in the scriptures as a festival of bathing, charity and meditation. On this day, the Sun enters Uttarayan and enters Capricorn. Khichdi is offered to Lord Surya on this day and items made from jaggery and til such as sesame laddus, gajak, revdi are distributed as prasad.
Story behind the Khichdi Bhoj on Sankranti:
Behind the tradition of eating khichdi on Makar Sankranti is the story of Baba Gorakhnath, who is called an incarnation of Lord Shiva. At the time of Khilji’s invasion, the Nath Yogis could not get time to cook food due to the struggle with Khilji. This often left Yogi hungry and weakened. To solve this problem, Baba Gorakhnath advised to cook dal, rice and vegetables as one.
Khichdi is very nutritious and gets ready quickly. This gives the body instant energy. Nath yogis liked this dish a lot. Baba Gorakhnath named this dish Khichdi. Khichdi fair starts on the day of Makar Sankranti near the temple of Baba Gorakhnath in Gorakhpur. Khichdi is offered to Baba Gorakhnath in this fair which lasts for several days and it is also distributed as Prasad.
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